The following are the UPDATED recommended dimensions for various KAS garments.
SQUARES TOTAL REQUIRED FOR BLANKETS-- (we used to do different sizes but this size will grow with the child and is the only size being made now):
5 x 7 = 35 squares
HAT SIZES Head Circumference (HC) Hat circumference (hc) Hat height (HH) The children have such large heads that we encourage making the Teens/small adult size hats now so the kids don't outgrow their warm hats.
Child (3-10 yrs) HC 19"-20 1/2", HH 8.5"
Pre-teens, Teens and Adults HC 20 1/2"-22", HH 9-10" (or longer to make a warm turn up brim)
Body Rectangle(BR) Shoulder Straps(SS) Total Length(TL) Armhole Length (AL)
(please note for vests and slipovers, all garments, we ask the length be a minimum of 3 inches longer than the garment is wide so it will fit over often swollen little tummies and not leave a cold gap...thank you so much!)
BR-11x12" SS-2x2" TL-15" AL-4"
BR-13x14" SS-3x3" TL- 17" AL-5"
BR-14x15" SS-3" wide x 4" TL-18" AL-6"
BR-15x16" SS-3" wide x 4" TL-19" AL-6"
BR-16x17" SS-3" wide x 4" TL-20" AL-7"
FRONT AND BACK PANEL 16X16 inches(four 8" squares for each front and each back), plus a 3 inch bottom rib or border. You could also make 8" x 10" "squares, that will ensure the needed length when sewn together. :)
SLEEVES 14 inches at shoulder seam14 inches long
NECK OPENING 3.5 - 4 inches at top of front panel4 inches each side of neck edge over to the sleeves seam.
FRONT AND BACK PANEL 20x24 inches ie. four 10"x12" "squares" for each front and back or one solid piece for each front and back. The length is really important to cover their swollen tummies. Thanks!
SLEEVES 16 inches at shoulder seam15-16 inches long
NECK OPENING 4 - 5 inches at top of front panel4 inches each side of neck edge to the shoulder seam.
CIRCUMFERENCE --- 28-29 inches up to 32 inches circumference.
LENGTH--- 29-30" PLUS a 5" cuff up top (unjoined top five inches=35" length total) with a flat seamed bottom, no gathers. The infants need "kick room" in the bottom of the Cuddle. That's what we've been told. Thank you!
These can be knit on a round loom with the right circumference or round needles or crocheted. The new length is important as the babies grow longer so fast and still need the warmth. Thanks! :)
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Hi Dawson. :) Right now, Zimbabwe will take ANY hats, any size so if you've got any baby or smallish sized items laying around, do send them in a package marked "For Zimbabwe" as another truck will be going there after the current one.
Some KASers have made that 3 inch border (presuming you need to add one to a truly "square" vest or sweater) with side splits...just to make sure it goes on easily. If the border is done in ribbing it will be plenty stretchy with no splits. The choice is entirely yours. I try to go for a solid bottom edge to avoid any drafty gaps but whatever you feel works best! :D
I am working on making some kimono style sweaters since they knit up so easily. http://www.bernat.com/pattern.php?PID=3945
What do you recommend for chest/back /sleeve sizes? Normally I have my friends measure their kids but obviously that isn't an option.
No problem...questions are never dumb and neither are you. The meanings are under the title "Slip Over Dimensions". :) But heeeere they are.... :)
BR- Body Rectangle
TL- Total Length
AL- Armhole Length
SS- Shoulder straps
Maybe the pdf will open?
I really liked this top and I was able to open the pattern so I think I might make one. I think we'd need to knit the biggest size.